Baltika #3 Classic
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European Pale Lager
Ranked #220
Ranked #47,611
3 | pDev: 17.67%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
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Photo of mj24053
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Russian beer. I actually really liked this beer. Was surprised at some of the negative reviews of it. Clean and simple lager. Just enough taste...not overpowering but not weak. Liked the sessionable low ABV. Gets a little watery towards the end. But no complaints

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Photo of Nass
3.54/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The first thing that I notice is that there is a bottled on date on the neck. Very pleasant tasting, but there is just enough there to let you know that you are drinking a beer. I am impressed with all 3 beers that I have had from Baltika. Anybody that thinks this beer is poor is a stupid schmuck. Cheers! B

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Photo of BergBeer
1.77/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Look: Crystal clear gold with a thin white head. Mild activity

Smell: A oddly sweet smelling lager. Right on the nose there is a corn syrup sweetness that is quite cloying. The corn syrup is the most prominent note but the nose also holds, a bit of white bread malt, a copper penny note, and just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: The attack is actually quite crisp and refreshing. The attack holds notes of triscut cracker, fruity lager yeast, and green apple skins. But all of this is quickly bowled over by this medicinally sweet corn flavor. It’s just so sweet. It taste and feels like candy corn on the palate. This note blows out the rest of the beer. The finish might hold some earthy hops but the candy corn note still lingers around so there isn’t much else I can pick up.

Feel: Surprisingly crisp at first but really bodies up with that candy corn note. Medium bodied. No alcohol. Crisp carbonation. No bitterness.

Overall: Just a soupy corny mess. That one note just absolutely dominates this beer. It is so far from what a beer of this style should be. It isn’t crisp, clean, or even easy to drink. It taste like you left candy corn in a water bottle out in the summer sun for a week. Yeah, I’ll be passing on this from now on.

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Pretty normal pale lager. If you've seen any macro lager, you've seen Baltika #3.

Smell: Corny malt, with a bit of yeasty hops. Doesn't really smell that great, to be honest.

Taste: Corn-backed malt with a metallic bitterness on the back end, and a strange syrupy taste that makes it almost taste like it's expired.

Mouthfeel: Thin and meaningless.

Overall: At best, boring. At worst, tastes like it's gone off. At 4.8% ABV and a 15 ounce bottle, it's clearly meant for one purpose: getting you hammered in a tavern on the Russian dockside, or maybe the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on your way to find artifacts.

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Photo of monkist
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A smelly, corny lager. Not as bad as Euro though. Smell a bit sickly but sipping it gives you a bit more smooth, lighter taste - and then come the popcorn in. Has quite some corn in the aftertaste. Would do better as an alternative of Euro lagers but then I'd prefer the Adjunct for leaving the sickening yeast out. Not THAT bad after all, but once was enough.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a light bodied lager. It's got that golden straw color to it. Not a real big smell to it. Very light and easy to drink. Great for your summer time grilling or picnics. You could drink a lot of these and not notice it. It's like a Russian Budweiser.

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Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Carrefour Huelva. In Bavaria glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x04-05. Pleasant. Nice maltiness. Reminds me of the Weltenburger Pils, although at the end it becomes a bit watery.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank it out of a Can and Bottle. They both basically taste the same. Weird. Sweet malt, grassiness and classic lager bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor. Very short finish. Lower carb, smooth drinking. Super short finish. Blah.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
2.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a stein.
L: Translucent light yellow (I can easily see my hand on the other side of the glass). Bubbles come from the bottom of the glass but the head disipates instantly.
S: Sweet lager aroma. Light hay with some malt (maybe pilsner).
T: Definitely has the macro lager profile, but it is slightly sweeter than an American macro lager. Processed syrupy like taste.
F: Very little if any, pretty much drinks like water.
Overall, this tastes like a sweet macro lager with the carbonation removed. Not something I would purchase or drink again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Why am I being punished tonight?? No real redeeming qualities... Sweet and boozy even given the low ABV.. I've had most of the random Baltika brews that make it to Boise, but this is the first time I've given them my full attention.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.64/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, topped with a decent white frothy head, slowly settling down. Malty aroma, slight sweet grains. Taste sweet, light (a bit watery) with some minimal bitterness and a slight metallic feel in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, though.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dull euro pale lager, a little bit expensive in Mexico so not worth the money. Looks and smells right for the euro pale lager style, but taste is very shy.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.69/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: post-workout protein during the Cavs stomp of the Lakers... APPEARANCE: clear as crystal golden body--classic pilsener build--with vibrant effervescence; promising white head settles swiftly to a reasonable quarter-inch coverage; zero lacing... AROMA: biscuits and bread, with funky bad-breath elements forcing their way through the glass--a turn-off ... PALATE: mildly effervescent, oily, fizzy and long bitter, astringent ending ...TASTE: mildly sweet, with faint caramel; a pungent finish, with awkward, cloying unbalanced corn maltiness--were are the hops? ...OVERALL: the dark offered a malty character; this suggests the palest lager with enough malt to affirm its allegiance...

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Photo of patre_tim
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Straw yellow filtered with a few large bubbles, 3 fingers of white head.

S: Water, pee, a little malt, just like the style does.

T: Malt, light sweetness, clean linen, crisp.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp finish with a malty light hopped coating left on the tongue.

O: Not a bad brew. Got it at the Russian Import store in Kunming, drank Jan 26th, 2015.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a Russian version of a classic pale lager, and it's comparable to other European beers of that style. I like their porter a little more, but this works when it's warm outside.

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Photo of mhuber
3/5  rDev 0%

Your run-of-the-mill pilsner. It doesn't say "light beer" on the bottle but it kind of tastes like one. Easy drinking. Not bad... but nothing about it is particularly interesting.

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Photo of ordybill
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a soft aroma of malt and maybe some grass
Appearance- A straw yellow color with a fairly large white head.
Taste- Has an ok malt flavor comparable to other Euro Pale Lagers
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation has a crisp finish.
Overall- An OK beer, if you haven't tried it I would suggest it to knock it off your list.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok head and lacing, Quite carbonated.

Aroma is subtle. Apple skin. white bread. Mild but inviting.

Taste is quaffable. Weak but interesting enough. One detects apple skin. Sweet malt. A bit of a corn like flavour. This is decent but not exciting. It does have some harshness.

Overall it's an ok but not great lager. I may be giving it a bit higher mark than it deserves as it used to be my go to beer in my late twenties in a particular bar I frequented. It was the best thing on offer in a poor selection!

Drinkable, decent. Tastes like there's a rice or corn adjunct in there. Not particularly great.

The best Baltika I've tried is the No 6 (7%) porter.

I don't think I could recommend this. It is just slightly better than Heinken or Stella but less good than Polish lagers and much less good than German or Czech pils.

out of 100...I give it 70.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml green bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. purchased for $2.70 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - Pours a very pale golden color, with plenty of bubbles and capped by two fingers of white head. Moderate retention, but a nice trail of spidery lacing is left behind.

Smell - Some grains, a little bit of a skunked aroma, but not as bad as other green bottles. Slight metallic undercurrent.

Taste - Quite grainy at first, but that flavor falls away into a void and nothing else comes to pick it up. Decent at best for the style.

Mouthfeel - Soft but good carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking. A very good dry finish.

Overall - An Ok representation of the style, it has a very good mouthfeel going for it, otherwise this is pretty average. COuld use a little more pop in terms of flavor.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, golden; medium frothy head, long lasting, little lacing

Aroma: Malt; cornflour; vanilla; light citrus notes

Taste: Malty, but quickly hits you with corn adjuncts; a little butter flavor; finishes slightly dry; crisp throughout; good session beer and refreshing, but too many adjunct flavors

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, clean, malts, some sweetness, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and pretty good beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts, mostly corn and moderate amounts of sweetness.

T: Upfront this beer is slightly sweet with moderate flavors of adjunct malts that are mostly corn with a light touch of grain. There is no perceptible bitterness or hop flavors present.

M: Light bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: The best thing about this beer is the fact that it came in a 16 oz tallboy can with a big orange 99¢ sticker on it. There are a lot of adjunct malts in this one and it is a little too sweet for me. Easy to drink but not one that I will get again.

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Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has some flavors of corn. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer seemed a little bland, I didn't mind drinking it because it was pleasant tasting, wasn't that sweet and went down easily.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 25 fl. oz bottle marked: 2507.12-05:07/2507.13-0-W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a slightly longer lasting white fizzy head than #2, #5, and #7.

The aroma is grainy with subtle malts and a clean, crisp hop note and maybe the slightest bit of toasted bread.

The body is light and maybe a tad astringent.

The taste is about what I would expect from a pale lager with grain and barley leading the charge, a slight sweetness, ending with a clean finale. It is a pale lager that is typical and average for the style.

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Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 406 ratings